Tennis racquet stiffness is a numeric value assigned to each racquet that measures how much a frame flexes during contact with a ball. As a beginner, this measurement may seem arbitrary, but it can be a useful measurement that helps guide a player’s decision-making process during their search for a tennis racquet.
In this regard, is a stiff tennis racket good?
In terms of feel which also relates to control, players generally find that stiffer racquets provide a crisp or lively feel, due to the increase in power a more rigid frame offers.
Correspondingly, what does L1 mean in tennis rackets?
|European Grip size||US Grip size in inches|
|0 (L0 or G0)||4 inches|
|1 (L1 or G1)||4 1/8 inches|
|2 (L2 or G2)||4 1/4 inches|
|3 (L3 or G3)||4 3/8 inches|
Is Babolat Pure Drive stiff?
The 71 stiffness rating is a bit less flexible than many racquets for club or recreational players. However, Babolat has implemented some new technologies for 2021 to help with comfort.
A stiffness rating of 72 in a fairly thin frame would probably scare away a lot of players but I don’t know how Babolat has succeeded to make such a stiff frame as comfortable as they have. There is absolutely no discomfort whatsoever. A very solid feel all over the hitting surface.
If you hit lots of errors, your racquet may be too heavy for you. If you feel like you can’t get enough pace on the ball, or if you get tennis/golfer elbow, you may want to try a heavier racquet (along with taking into account string type and tension, racquet flexibility and your form.)